The Village of Epi, DRC to Join The Early Warning Radio Network

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RainShine Early Warning Network

The Village of Epi, DRC to Join The Early Warning Radio Network

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Through a new partnership between the RainShine Foundation and Invisible Children, the village of Epi will join the Early Warning Radio Network. The village elders and parents organization first asked the RainShine Foundation for assistance in acquiring the high-frequency radio equipment during Rob Freedman and Nathaniel Lewis’ 2017 trip to Epi. After over a year of preparation, we are ready to help Epi realize that dream.

What is the Early Warning Radio Network?

The Early Warning Radio Network was developed by Commission Diocésaine pour Justice et Paix (CDJP) to help remote communities report on the movements and activities of violent actors such as the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), poachers, and more.  The network is composed of high-frequency (HF), two-way, long-range radios that give communities in DRC and CAR the ability to report violent activity to one another and to security actors and humanitarian organizations who can respond in times of need. Invisible Children have partnered with local community organizations such as the one we have assembled in Epi to utilize local expertise and sustainably expand the HF network.

Why is this network important to the school in Epi?

There is, unfortunately, a history of kidnapping and raids in the areas surrounding Epi. You might recall the story of Matthew who was briefly held by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) until he could escape. Furthermore, as a remote village without cell phone reception or short-wave radios, they are extremely isolated. This radio when not in use for security purposes will be used to communicate with other surrounding communities to coordinate trade and share news. Here is a Voice of America video highlighting the network in a village similar to Epi.

How is RainShine involved? 

We made the decision in early 2017 to make this capital improvement project a priority in Epi. One must have security before they are free to engage in learning. This HF Radio will provide that. RainShine has made an initial 50% deposit to Invisible Children to secure a radio station for Epi. However, more funds are needed to complete the project. These funds came out of our general school operation fund and need to be replenished before the winter holidays. We need your support to share this story and help raise funds for this project.

The HF Radio Project budget and how you can help

We have built out the budget for this project and are accepting donations towards any of the below items. Just let us know what you which line item you wish your donation to go towards! How to donate? Right now, the best way to donate is either via PayPal or Check. This ensures the most of your donation reaches the people in Epi. Many platforms such as GoFundMe take a hefty percentage off each donation. Your donation to this project is tax-deductible as the RainShine Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Budget Item Cost Qty Total
Staff Daily Expenses  $75.00 10  $750.00
Fuel gasoline for motorcycles – To Epi  $1.30 90  $117.00
Fuel gasoline for motorcycles – Return  $1.60 90  $144.00
Engine Maintnence  $3.50 5  $17.50
Motorcycle Rental  $25.00 10  $250.00
 $25.00 6  $150.00
Drivers for motorcycles – to Epi  $5.00 6  $30.00
 $5.00 10  $50.00
Drivers for motorcycles – from Epi  $5.00 6  $30.00
 $5.00 10  $50.00
Daily Expenses for  CLP Team  $50.00 4  $200.00
Salaries for CLP Team  $60.00 4  $240.00
Hire/Train New Radio Operators in Epi  $50.00 3  $150.00
Food and Supplies for CLP Team  $10.00 4  $40.00
HF Radio Installation supplies (backups)  $50.00 1  $50.00
HF Radio System via Kampala, UG  $4,590.00 1  $4,590.00
Ground supports for radio tower  $30.00 1  $30.00
Insulation for Radio  $2.50 2  $5.00
Ropes  $5.00 1  $5.00
Ground Support Cables  $50.00 1  $50.00
Hardware  $10.00 1  $10.00
Charcoal  $5.00 1  $5.00
Misc. Supplies  $30.00 1  $30.00
The unexpected (FUNDED)  $150.00 1  $150.00
Subtotal  $7,143.50
Indirect Costs  $1,770.16
Total  $8,913.66

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Donate via Checks made out to the RainShine Foundation can be sent to:

The RainShine Foundation 2940 Estates Ave #5, Pinole, CA 94564

Thank you for your support! 


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